Controlled parking plans for Callowland, Watford, met with strong opposition

Controlled parking plans for Callowland met with strong opposition

Controlled parking plans for Callowland met with strong opposition

Controlled parking plans for Callowland met with strong opposition

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Plans to implement a controlled parking zone in the Callowland area of Watford were discussed by residents and business owners on Monday.

More than 100 people gathered at the meeting, held in Christ Church, St Albans Road.

A straw poll revealed only three people at the meeting were in favour of bringing in parking restrictions to the streets around St Albans Road.

Complaints about the scheme included the damage it would have on local businesses, with some stating they will be closed down as a result.

It was also suggested that the new restrictions would do nothing to help people in the evening when the majority of problems occurred.

MP for Watford Richard Harrington, who attended the meeting, said: "It is quite clear that there is a problem with parking in the St Albans Road area.

"There are more cars than spaces and if something could be done to improve provision then great.

"I personally believe the current proposals would make the situation 10 times worse, they would not help residents park in the evening when they have most problems, local shops would be decimated, and more than 120 spaces would be lost.

"When the source of the problem is lack of parking spaces, how can it help to reduce them?"

The council is currently consulting on whether to implement the new scheme, following a parking survey carried out by an independent consultant.

Residents also complained about the reported cost of the survey and consultation, totalling £30,000.

Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said the bill for the consultation would not have come from council tax, but from parking reserves, which are ring-fenced.

She added: "Although we’ve had a very high response, there has been a real fear that the consultation wasn’t real and it was a done deal. That saddens me.

"We genuinely wanted to hear what people wanted, and they needed reassurance that we would take their views into account.

"The results will be published within a few weeks. My personal view is that it would not work in Callowland.

"In other parts of the town it is absolutely the right solution, but people don’t believe that because they don’t want a CPZ.

"Last year 60% of people said they would like us to look at working up some sort of parking control.

"It’s only when people have the real details in front of them that they read it and think ‘this is not going to solve the problem’."

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5:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

TRT says...

"When the source of the problem is lack of parking spaces, how can it help to reduce them?"

The source of the problem is overdevelopment! Wouldn't expect Harrington to put it so bluntly, though, being a developer himself.

It's a tricky one. Councils want to encourage car free living, but people want two cars per household, and there simply isn't space in the area to allow this sort of extravagance (although some argue it's an essential). St. Alban's Road is within Zone A mostly, meaning a 10 minute walk to Watford Junction travel hub. This means that car parking spaces in new builds are supposed to be less than the number of units. Quite deliberate.

It would work, too, if people weren't so attached to their cars... why do they consider them essential? Because of out of town shopping centres, poor public transport (mainly east-west in Watford), hospitals and schools being centralised and shoved into the deepest darkest corners of the county...

I can't offer an answer to this. It is a genuine conundrum.
"When the source of the problem is lack of parking spaces, how can it help to reduce them?" The source of the problem is overdevelopment! Wouldn't expect Harrington to put it so bluntly, though, being a developer himself. It's a tricky one. Councils want to encourage car free living, but people want two cars per household, and there simply isn't space in the area to allow this sort of extravagance (although some argue it's an essential). St. Alban's Road is within Zone A mostly, meaning a 10 minute walk to Watford Junction travel hub. This means that car parking spaces in new builds are supposed to be less than the number of units. Quite deliberate. It would work, too, if people weren't so attached to their cars... why do they consider them essential? Because of out of town shopping centres, poor public transport (mainly east-west in Watford), hospitals and schools being centralised and shoved into the deepest darkest corners of the county... I can't offer an answer to this. It is a genuine conundrum. TRT
  • Score: 9

7:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

As an ex resident of this area who visits parents 2 - 3 times a week I can tell you that the proposed scheme will not make any difference. The lack of parking exists during the evening and restriction (as I understand) will not apply then.

During the day when I visit my mum, there is plenty of street parking and clearly NOT more cars than parking.... This scheme is a license to print money and will kill off what are left of the shops in St Albans Road. What funds are gained from permit holders will be lost in business tax rates and make the main road which links one end of Watford to the other an ghost-town.
As an ex resident of this area who visits parents 2 - 3 times a week I can tell you that the proposed scheme will not make any difference. The lack of parking exists during the evening and restriction (as I understand) will not apply then. During the day when I visit my mum, there is plenty of street parking and clearly NOT more cars than parking.... This scheme is a license to print money and will kill off what are left of the shops in St Albans Road. What funds are gained from permit holders will be lost in business tax rates and make the main road which links one end of Watford to the other an ghost-town. mummy_1
  • Score: 6

7:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Watfordmum says...

I live in North Watford and am now so fed up with the parking am moving to another part of watford (to a house with a driveway). Personally, I thought the permits would help as coming home each evening between 5 and 6 I end up driving round in circles for ages and then parking streets away. The problem is commuters take advantage of the free parking and spaces only become free when they finish work, get off the train and walk back to their cars.. Permits would have stopped this and meant local residents would have a chance of getting a space. Is a shame they may not come in now but on the plus side I will still have a free parking space when I travel into work.

If people don't want permits, they can't complain when people take advantage of the free parking! Usage of Watford junction will increase with the Croxley Rail link, and the cost of the station car park will increase each year so to all those who didn't want it, don't grumble when you have nowhere to park in the day or after work.
I live in North Watford and am now so fed up with the parking am moving to another part of watford (to a house with a driveway). Personally, I thought the permits would help as coming home each evening between 5 and 6 I end up driving round in circles for ages and then parking streets away. The problem is commuters take advantage of the free parking and spaces only become free when they finish work, get off the train and walk back to their cars.. Permits would have stopped this and meant local residents would have a chance of getting a space. Is a shame they may not come in now but on the plus side I will still have a free parking space when I travel into work. If people don't want permits, they can't complain when people take advantage of the free parking! Usage of Watford junction will increase with the Croxley Rail link, and the cost of the station car park will increase each year so to all those who didn't want it, don't grumble when you have nowhere to park in the day or after work. Watfordmum
  • Score: 5

7:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

Watfordmum wrote:
I live in North Watford and am now so fed up with the parking am moving to another part of watford (to a house with a driveway). Personally, I thought the permits would help as coming home each evening between 5 and 6 I end up driving round in circles for ages and then parking streets away. The problem is commuters take advantage of the free parking and spaces only become free when they finish work, get off the train and walk back to their cars.. Permits would have stopped this and meant local residents would have a chance of getting a space. Is a shame they may not come in now but on the plus side I will still have a free parking space when I travel into work.

If people don't want permits, they can't complain when people take advantage of the free parking! Usage of Watford junction will increase with the Croxley Rail link, and the cost of the station car park will increase each year so to all those who didn't want it, don't grumble when you have nowhere to park in the day or after work.
Even after 'commutors' have come and gone there are not enough spaces .Permits will not change anything...except we will continue to drive round and round AND pay for the privilege. Permits will nor help the problem or the area.
[quote][p][bold]Watfordmum[/bold] wrote: I live in North Watford and am now so fed up with the parking am moving to another part of watford (to a house with a driveway). Personally, I thought the permits would help as coming home each evening between 5 and 6 I end up driving round in circles for ages and then parking streets away. The problem is commuters take advantage of the free parking and spaces only become free when they finish work, get off the train and walk back to their cars.. Permits would have stopped this and meant local residents would have a chance of getting a space. Is a shame they may not come in now but on the plus side I will still have a free parking space when I travel into work. If people don't want permits, they can't complain when people take advantage of the free parking! Usage of Watford junction will increase with the Croxley Rail link, and the cost of the station car park will increase each year so to all those who didn't want it, don't grumble when you have nowhere to park in the day or after work.[/p][/quote]Even after 'commutors' have come and gone there are not enough spaces .Permits will not change anything...except we will continue to drive round and round AND pay for the privilege. Permits will nor help the problem or the area. mummy_1
  • Score: 5

8:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

-Nightingale- says...

This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh!

A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes.
This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh! A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes. -Nightingale-
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

-Nightingale- wrote:
This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh!

A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes.
I moved from North Watford to a property with a driveway (near a park and school) and still have problems because people regularly park across my driveway and go about their business for hours leaving me unable to enter or exit my property.

God forbid you bring this to their attention when they return! Having a driveway should lessen the stress but is not always the case!
[quote][p][bold]-Nightingale-[/bold] wrote: This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh! A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes.[/p][/quote]I moved from North Watford to a property with a driveway (near a park and school) and still have problems because people regularly park across my driveway and go about their business for hours leaving me unable to enter or exit my property. God forbid you bring this to their attention when they return! Having a driveway should lessen the stress but is not always the case! mummy_1
  • Score: 4

10:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

Certain areas are being ask to take increased development and housing which brings increased pressures on these areas as they are least able to cope and hence the quality of life in these neighbourhoods only gets worse which is contrary to the policies of the council.

It's no wonder that people are angry and don't care and are disillusioned. The council needs to control the causes of these pressures on the infrastructure.
Certain areas are being ask to take increased development and housing which brings increased pressures on these areas as they are least able to cope and hence the quality of life in these neighbourhoods only gets worse which is contrary to the policies of the council. It's no wonder that people are angry and don't care and are disillusioned. The council needs to control the causes of these pressures on the infrastructure. Cuetip
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

TRT says...

mummy_1 wrote:
-Nightingale- wrote:
This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh!

A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes.
I moved from North Watford to a property with a driveway (near a park and school) and still have problems because people regularly park across my driveway and go about their business for hours leaving me unable to enter or exit my property.

God forbid you bring this to their attention when they return! Having a driveway should lessen the stress but is not always the case!
It would be classed as illegal obstruction if someone blocked your drive whilst your vehicle was on it. Call the police. It doesn't work the other way round, though. If they block you from getting in, it's tough.
[quote][p][bold]mummy_1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-Nightingale-[/bold] wrote: This area consists of Victorian houses where very few properties have their own parking spaces. Therefore demand for street parking is high - obviously. If parking is important to you don't buy a Victorian terraced house, duh! A bit like buying a house next to an airport and complaining about the planes.[/p][/quote]I moved from North Watford to a property with a driveway (near a park and school) and still have problems because people regularly park across my driveway and go about their business for hours leaving me unable to enter or exit my property. God forbid you bring this to their attention when they return! Having a driveway should lessen the stress but is not always the case![/p][/quote]It would be classed as illegal obstruction if someone blocked your drive whilst your vehicle was on it. Call the police. It doesn't work the other way round, though. If they block you from getting in, it's tough. TRT
  • Score: 4

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